Sunday, August 09, 2015

Fleeing the Fringe

I really should keep this blog active and not let Facebook kill it.  As I think I said in my last post it is so easy now to post a quick photo of a walk and move on to the next thing that I don't get around to sitting down and trying to write something a bit longer that would fit here.

As an update I still get into the Pentlands every Sunday morning if I'm in Edinburgh, something between 60 and 90 minutes usually.  I tend to walk the big climbs and run/walk the flats, then letting loose to run the downhills.   I suppose the different thing is that I'm also running everyday, just a very easy jog for 20 minutes or so every morning.

I miss the hills of the north and need to get back there, but the motivation is weak, I struggle after a week at work to get up and out on a Saturday for a 2 or 3 hour drive north.  I've got something like 27 munros left....and its been that way for a few years.

Monday I had a day off and took a quick trip up to Ben Ledi.

59 minutes to the top pushing it hard - walking not running - then running down, although I had to walk for chunks of it where the ground got pretty technical.  It was great to be out on a bigger hill, a damp gloomy Scottish one as well, so different from the majesty of the Alps but equallly impressive.

I do want to keep writing here though and not let the soundbites of the facebook/twitter dominate.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Walking in Saas Fee Switzerland

I think Facebook and other social media are killing blogs.  All the things I used to post on blogs - photos and accounts of walks etc now get posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  There is an immediacy about that, but it generally means that I am not writing anything structured or constructing anything well formed in terms of a piece of writing or narrative of a trip.

Anyway, I'm just back from a week's walking in Saas Fee in the Valais area of Switzerland.  We had a great time with some superb weather, walking around the Saastal villages taking full advantage of all the lifts and cable cars.

We walked out on the glacier to the Britannia Hut.

And a superb circuit of the Mattmarksee.

There are loads of photos and lots of good memories.  I was reminded of how much I love the hills.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It almost felt like Spring

This morning almost felt like Spring.  The warmth in the air, the earlier sunrise.

It was good to be out there.  All I am doing is moving now, running or walking as it seems best, but always keeping it easy and within my comfort zone.  The pleasure is in being out there.

The bigger hills will come soon enough.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Birthday hills

Well it was my birthday today,... I had been thinking that I had got over feeling depressed about getting older, but then last week I had this disturbing thought at in relatively few years I would be 60.  How did that happen?

Well it didn't stop me getting up into the hills this morning as I do every Sunday morning.  The photo at the top there was the sky as I started running at about 8am.  The sunrise is getting earlier now.

I jogged down to Flotterstone and then up over Caerketton and back to the car.  About 6 miles in total.  A nice refreshing and relaxing run.

I am itching to get back into the bigger mountains.  Not just Munros, but I want to get back into the Alps again.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Still here

I'm still here

Still getting up early to catch sunrise in the Pentland Hills.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sunday morning sunrise....

I was tired on Sunday morning after a long week and a busy Saturday.  Yet the sun was starting to lighten the sky...and it looked clear, a good omen for a nice sunrise.  So of course I headed up to the hills.

It was the familiar sharp pull up to the ridge, where I paused to take a few photos, the light doing its thing....and Arthur's Seat doing its.

Then along the ridge.

Some stunning views.

To the north the bigger hills were visible in the clear air - I named each Munro to myself and remembered climbing them.

A wonderful morning.

Monday, November 17, 2014

There is a new bridge coming

Yesterday afternoon we took a trip out to North Queensferry to have a look at how things were progressing with the new Forth Crossing.  While the intention was focussed on the construction, in the end our attention was really captured by the sunset.

The walk across the Bridge was cold and the footpath was wobbling more than usual, or so it felt.

A fairly short walk - about 1.75 miles, but we stuttered along from photo to photo.

Eventually I gave up taking photos - there was too much to see and I just let it soak in.

A beautiful walk.